Gratitude

Tomorrow is the one-year anniversary of the death of my close friend and colleague Jeff McMahill. It doesn’t seem like it’s been a year, and I’m grateful that I can still hear his laugh in my head. I’m especially grateful for the lessons he taught me both before and after he was diagnosed. His wife Annie posted a short video of Randy Pausch talking about the Last Lecture today. I never asked, but I’m pretty sure he read that book while he was sick, because he fought like a champion and when the doctors told him the fight was over he chose to live rather than die, even though he only had a few weeks left.

Jeff. Thank you for being part of my life. Thank you for calling me out. Thank you for making me a better me. I know I’ll see you again. Until then. I love you. I miss you.

If you’ve never seen the lecture, or haven’t read the book, I strongly recommend you take some time to absorb the message of a man who chose to have fun living rather than be bitter about dying.

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